July 15, 2011

The Member of Parliament for Atwima Mponua and Ranking Member of the Parliamentary Committee on Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah has expressed displeasure over the low patronage of the National Unity Games which kicked off yesterday.

The Accra Sports Stadium which was the venue for the 10 day event was virtually empty with only a handful of people occupying the stadium to witness proceedings.

The last time the event was held was in 2004 but had to be stopped to allow for rehabilitating works to be done at the Accra Sports Stadium for the CAN 2008 tournament hosted in Ghana.

It has over the years served as an avenue for unearthing talents and the selection of sports men and women into the national teams, one notable sports man who was unearthed several years ago is Boxing Hall of Famer Azumah Nelson.

Speaking to ghanamps.gov.gh, the Member of Parliament for Atwima Mponua, attributed the low patronage of the event which should have been exciting and attract several youth groups to the stadium to the inadequate publicity carried out on the games by the media.

He however commended the government for reintroducing such important sports festivals which could go a long way to improve the performance of Ghana at international sports competitions.

Hon. Isaac Asiamah urged organizers of the programmme to consult all stakeholders in organizing subsequent events so they could bring their expertise to bear to ensure a successful exercise.

“Some of us who are members of no mean a body as the Parliamentary Committee on Youth and Sports did not even receive invitation to this programme which I find a bid surprising and unfortunate’’ he said.

Story by: Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh